SAN FRANCISCO – At one of the most popular weekly food events in the city, the Presidio Picnic, Filipino culture and cuisine became the main highlight at its recent installment for its Presidio Picnic Cultural Dance Series, with the Parangal Dance Company headlining the event.
As part of the Golden Gate National Parks, many of the Presidio’s programs and activities aim to highlight the special role of this historic place as a portal for culture and community.
“Today is really such a special celebration of the richness of FIlipino-American culture and heritage, traditions, and dance, cuisine,” said Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, a board of trustee for the Golden State National Parks Conservancy. “This is really an incredible effort of multicultural outreach making sure the FIlipino-American community is engaged.”
Attendees had options from Filipino foodie favorites like Senor Sisig burritos, lechon from Jeepney Guy and ube coconut and champorado chocolate flavors from Hookt Doughnuts.
The Filipino Food Movement, an organization that advocates for Filipino cuisine, says the recent success of Filipino food in the mainstream is credited to the chefs.
“It’s pride because of the culture, the heritage that they put into what they do and offering and elevating FIlipino cuisine which is truly more of the different influences in their lives,” said Sonia Delen.
Attendees also learned how to make Filipino food.
“Chef Dennis [of Jeepney Guy] just did that beautiful, really engaging the crowd with a lumpia wrapping demo,” said Alcazaren-Keeley. “Of course, their chicken lumpia is a popular hit today.”
As far as culture and traditions, children were taught Kalinga backstrap weaving and crowds not only saw Filipino folk dance but got to perform tinikling as well.